"It's nice to have nice things, George." - Fred Jung to George Jung (Ray Liotta to Johnny Depp) in the 2001 movie, "Blow".
"I'm going to Andalusia. The south of Spain. Right over there. [points] Get me a big house, get me a library full of first editions, get a room for my shoes... What about you, Steve?" - Left Ear (Yasiin Bey) in the 2003 movie, "The Italian Job"
Yes, it IS nice to have nice things, shoes being some of my favorites. However, it's not nice when you have expensive shoes when they get scuffed or scratched. The good news is that they can be fixed, and here is how you do it.
(At the bottom of the post, there will be links to the products I used.)
I love Italian shoes, but one of the standard features of the sleek Italian design is that they have much thinner soles than British or American shoes, and this makes them more vulnerable to getting scratched. The below photo shows a badly scratch toe. It's definitely not pretty.
We're going to get these fixed up with Saphir Renovateur Cleaner and Conditioner, Saphir Pommadier Cream Shoe Polish, and Saphir de Luxe Wax Polish.
Here's another shot so you can see how fugly this thing is.
Pretty bad, huh? Here we go.
STEP ONE: Using scissors, cut off any loose pieces of leather that may be sticking out. Then smooth the surface with either fine sandpaper or a fine nail file.
The rough surface is now softened. (Click any of the photos for a closer look.)
STEP TWO: Apply the Saphir Renovateur Cleaner and Conditioner with your finger. The Saphir brand is considered to be the best by shoe aficionados. It has a water-based formulation with no solvents. Saphir Renovateur is an all-purpose cleaner and conditioner, but in this case, we are using it to fill in the scratches. It contains waxes for a soft matte patina.
Let the Saphir Renovateur dry for 15-minutes. Make sure it is completely dry before continuing to the next step.
The scratches are now filled in.
STEP THREE: Buff out the cream with a horse hair shoe polishing brush.
STEP FOUR: Apply Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish and allow to dry for 15-minutes. Then buff out again with the horse hair shoe polishing brush. You can stop here if you want a nice matte shine. If you want a high-gloss shine, like I do, then continue on.
STEP FIVE: Apply a thin coat of Saphir Medaille d’Or Pate de Luxe Wax Polish.The Saphir Médaille d'Or Pâte de Luxe is an all-natural wax polish based on beeswax, turpentine, and carnauba with six other nutrient waxes. Widely considered to be the best polish in the world, Saphir MDO is used by shoe aficionados worldwide to deliver the high-gloss shoe shine.
Let the polish dry for 15-minutes and then buff out with the horsehair brush.
The finished repair below.